We LOVE it! We're the talk of our court for sure, everyone ohs and ahs over it. At the bus stop one day it came up that I majored in Interior and Architectural Design in college and the other neighbors were all "Oh, makes total sense now at how wonderful you made the house look!". That felt good to hear, because I gotta tell ya... I've NEVER picked out exterior paint for my OWN house ;)
Okay we're is Vanna when I need her!? House went from this...
To (drum roll please - like the Griswolds if you please)...
Then we added new house numbers (couldn't even see the old ones above door)... new light fixtures should be here by the end of the week. Those itty-bitty lights are woefully under scaled and don't put off enough light!
You can see the blue door better in this picture. I really like it... also painted the french back doors in the same color! You might notice we ditched the screen door. I liked the functionality of the door... but it made opening the door really awkward for anyone to come in, they had to step off the small porch just to come back up to come in. I think it looks friendlier and more inviting this way.
First we had to pick our colors. I was inspired by a home we drove by when we were cruising around Annapolis, MD a few months ago. Plus there's a lot of beige homes around us, so I knew beige was out of the picture plus the roof shingles lean towards more bluish. So a nice gray, light trim with an accent door for pop was what we had in mind. I was pretty sure I wanted blue, but thought I should perhaps try a dark gray and a bronze too just to be sure.
Out came my handy dandy Sherwin Williams paint deck from the ole design days and we picked our sample combos. We primed then painted the samples on a corner of the house next to the fireplace (so we could also see next to brick) during different times of the day.
|(we picked the second one down)|
House Paint... Functional Gray SW7024
House Trim (including gutters and garage door)... Alabaster SW7008
Doors... Naval SW6244
The previous owners painted every single surface the same exact color. You just can't do that, there has to be some definition... help the house show off it's looks!
P.S. You're also seeing the new driveway in the picture too... a blog post about just the driveway was a little boring... even for me! It was neat seeing how fast they ripped it up (and how easily it came up!) and replaced!
P.P.S. I'm thinking a two pairs of shutters on the bottom front windows would be a really nice touch with shutter dogs... but I think we're done!